face makeup How to Fix Cakey Makeup Without Removing It

No one should have to suffer through a makeup look they don’t love.

May 23, 2022
How To Fix Cakey Makeup

You’ve completed your perfect \makeup look only to find that your beat has entered the cakey makeup territory once you’ve viewed it under different lighting. Unfortunately, when you’re wearing face makeup, cakiness is a very real issue that can occur. And if you’re on your way out the door, you may not have a lot of time to take it all off and redo it. 


Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. If you notice that you’re sporting cakey foundation or your face powder needs a bit more blending, there are ways to fix it. Read on to learn how to fix cakey makeup without starting your application process from scratch.


Why Is My Foundation Cakey?

If your foundation looks cakey, there’s probably a simple reason. One of the main culprits of this makeup mishap is applying too much product. We totally get it — you want to make sure you provide your face with even coverage. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to overdo it with foundation. Celebrity makeup artist and L'Oréal Paris expert Sir John agrees.


“A lot of people go in with so much product, so number one, build your coverage — don’t lacquer,” he says. “Going in directly with product is just a recipe for disaster. No makeup artist ever starts complexion like that, but a lot of women do because they take their cues from makeup enthusiasts — not a real artist. That’s one of the biggest no-nos in the game.”


Whether you use a makeup brush, makeup blender, or your fingers to perfect your complexion, you want to make sure you blend a small amount of foundation at a time to avoid looking overdone. When it comes to how to apply foundation the right way, just remember that less is best, you can always add more if you need it.


Other reasons for cakey foundation include dry skin, not layering your makeup correctly, and not using the right skin care products. Skipping out on exfoliation is another factor that can cause cakiness. Always make sure you prep your skin by exfoliating and moisturizing to help makeup go on smoothly.


4 Tips for Fixing Cakey Foundation

We all make makeup mistakes from time to time. So, if you end up with cakiness, it’s essential to have a few fixes in your back pocket. Here are three ways to keep cakey makeup at bay:


1. Blot Excess Oil

Cakiness is often accompanied by oily skin, and if either of those is of concern to you, it’s a good idea to keep blotting sheets on hand. When you notice your makeup looks cakey or your skin looks shiny, gently blot with a sheet.


2. Correct With A Makeup Blender

A makeup blender or sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender can help soften your makeup to put an end to cakiness.

“Take a damp makeup blender — not soaking wet, so be sure to squeeze the water out — and start to manipulate and move things out of the way,” Sir John explains. “It's almost like a magic eraser.”  


Run your sponge under a little water, wring it out, then press it against your skin anywhere your makeup looks cakey.


3. Spritz With Face Mist

Face mists are one of the most enjoyable parts of any beauty routine — really, misting your face feels amazing — and they’re also really useful. It only takes a few seconds to spritz your face and fix cakey makeup. 


Keep a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake and Glow Dew Mist close by and spray your face anytime you’re experiencing cakey foundation, or when you simply need a midday makeup pick-me-up.